Scooter’s Spaghetti

by Erin

What is Scooter’s spaghetti? It is similar to lasagna but is instead made with spaghetti and cream cheese and then topped with crispy fried onions.

Scooter's Spaghetti.

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The end of October is upon us folks. As much as I am disturbed by that fact, The Secret Recipe Club is here to save the day. This month I was assigned to Colie’s Kitchen.

At first I really wanted to be a kid in the kitchen and make her Mall Style Pretzel Dogs, but I then found myself torn between the Gnocchi with Spicy Tomato and Wine Sauce and Scooter’s Spaghetti. I hope your powers of observation figured out which one won the battle.

I mean come on, it has cream cheese in it which is like peanut butter in a dessert to me = weakness.

Scooter's Baked Spaghetti.

While making this I had the pasta boiling, the beef browning, and the vegetables cooking in the microwave all at the same time. They all had about 5 minutes of time to get going, so I prepared as much as I could in advance and then threw it all together at once to cut down on time in the kitchen.

I think everyone can appreciate a little less time spent cooking and more time enjoying your efforts afterwards.

Not to my surprise, the cream cheese mixture was my favorite part. It added such a creamy deliciousness that I could not stop eating it. Which also made me think about making lasagna with cream cheese instead of ricotta.

The original recipe said it serves 10 but there’s no way that was happening for me. To be fair, if you served it with a side salad or veggies I think it could feed at least 12. Or maybe I just have the appetite of a 16 year old boy.

Scooter's Spaghetti - lasagna make with spaghetti.

Scooter's Spaghetti.


Yield: 8-12 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 8 oz. uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large jar (26.5 oz.) favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • 1 small can (3 oz.) French fried onions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 9 x 13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water until al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. While the pasta cooks, place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks, until no longer pink. Drain excess grease.  Reduce heat to low, add spaghetti sauce and cover while you prepare the rest.
  4. While the beef cooks, combine onions, peppers, and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave 3-4 minutes on high until soft. Add cream cheese and milk to vegetables and stir until combined.
  5. Evenly spread half of the sauce mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with spaghetti, cream cheese mixture, remainder of the spaghetti sauce, and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Top with French Fried onion and continue baking 5 more minutes.
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Source: Adapted slightly from Colie’s Kitchen.

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Post updated 1/22/2023, photos above and below are the originals.

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[…] Are you already dreaming of this dish appearing on your holiday dinner table? Heck I want it on my every day dinner table, in addition to a fall pot luck or holiday sit down meal. But if you need something a little easier for every-day meals, try Scooter’s Baked Spaghetti. […]

Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) November 1, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Great SRC pick!

April @ Angel's Homestead October 30, 2012 - 12:38 am

Yum, just yum. My mom used to make something like this when I was young, but she never added cream cheese to it. Oh I bet it tastes good. Pinned it to try soon.

Asiya October 29, 2012 - 10:32 pm

This looks so yummy! Great SRC pick!

nicole October 29, 2012 - 5:11 pm

I am happy you liked it!! It’s a great go to for something easy and delicious!! I think the french fried onions are so random in the recipe yet I love that part!! Thanks for giving it a try -Nicole

Casey October 29, 2012 - 3:56 pm

holy cheese! This looks amazing!!! Perfect for a Fall comfort food

avril October 29, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Oh. My. YUMMINESS!!! Erin you out did yourself!!! Such a delicious looking dish! Great SRC pick! :-)

Bakingaddict October 29, 2012 - 3:16 pm

Pasta + cream cheese = delicious!! This looks really, really good, I can’t wait to try it out! Great SRC pick!

Emily @ Life on Food October 29, 2012 - 2:55 pm

I can see why you picked this recipe. It looks fantastic – pasta goodness, cheesy, and easy to put together. That is my kind of recipe.

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey October 29, 2012 - 11:13 am

Absolutely sinful! Scrolling down the ingredient list, this dish keeps getting better and better! I’m going to have to give this a shot, but substituting for gluten-free ingredients. I’ll have to just sprinkle the french fried onions when I serve myself since my boyfriend is gluten-free. I’d feel a little bad doing it, but I’m sure that will go away once I start eating. ;-)


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